Diploma in Journalism (news and magazine pathways)

Course Subject: News Journalism (Multiplatform)
Course Type: Academic Year
Centre: Harlow College
Region: Greater London
Duration: September - June

About the course:

At the Harlow College School of Journalism students will meet some of the top names in the industry and be taught by professional journalists who are experts in their field.

Patrons are award winning journalist and television presenter John Stapleton and former editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger, who is principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Past students included Sophy Ridge, Richard Madeley, and Piers Morgan.

With its close proximity to London, the School of Journalism attracts leading journalists as visiting lecturers including Andrew Pierce, consultant editor of the Daily Mail; Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror and Nikki O'Donnell, BBC Look East editor.

The college offers courses in news and magazine journalism. Facilities include a television studio and greenscreen, radio suite and industry standard software. Students write news reports and features for the college newspaper, the Harlow Harrier, and the college magazine, Spotlight.

Tutors include Emmy award winning TV producer Naomi Channell, who produces and develops factual programmes for national and international networks including the BBC, C4, ITV and MTV and newspaper and magazine journalist Dr Pamela Jenner who has spent 40 years in the industry; has been an NCTJ assessor and is on the editorial board of an international magazine dealing with conflict resolution.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Media law court reporting
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • Shorthand
  • Practical magazine journalism
  • Videojournalism for online
  • Editing skills for journalists
  • Journalism for a digital audience

Alumni testimonial:

"When I chose the NCTJ course, I can safely say that I had no idea that my expectations were going to be exceeded. This course not only taught me how to successfully create stories using different formats (including documentaries, online magazines, newspapers, social media and more), but it also gave me the opportunity to become a better and more informed person, aware of current affairs and how to utilise my skills for good, for example, interviewing MPs about how we can support the BLM movement in our local communities.

"The course itself is filled with engaging modules and fun tasks that I enjoyed doing from beginning to end, it is definitely not like any other course. I made great friends, learnt important skills and developed a confidence that I didn’t have before. The tutors are all extremely helpful, going the extra mile for every student, and they have helped me to venture out into areas such as content creation in terms of marketing. With their guidance, I have made fantastic contacts including the local Harlow MP as well as various professionals in journalism such as TV producer Aaron Roach Bridgeman and magazine editor, Michelle Johnson, who regularly keep in touch with us.

"I couldn’t be happier with how this course has helped me and I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to enhance my career with impeccable subjects and excellent tutors. You won’t be disappointed in what this course can do for you."

- Lois Barker, 2019 graduate

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Essex Live
  • MailOnline
  • OK magaine
  • Southend Echo

Find out more

For admissions enquiries, please contact admissions@harlow-college.ac.uk or 01279 868111.